What should I do if I’m late for an interview?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Career counselor Karen Chopra offers suggestions for getting to an interview on time, and discusses what to do if you are late.

    Host: What should I do if I am late for an interview?

    Karen James Chopra: If you are late for your interview, you might just have to be willing to kiss the job goodbye. This is one of the few unforgivable things in job interviews. The only reason to be late for an interview are truly acts of God. Floods, earthquakes, snowstorms in Washington DC, shut down the mall for somebody who might be attempting to blow the mall up with a tractor loaded with explosive which actually did shut Washington DC down for three days. So it needs to be something enormous that even the interviewer accepts is a valid excuse for being late, but otherwise you can't be late to an interview. Make sure that you've left ample time for bad traffic, make sure you've left ample time for bad weather, make sure you've left ample time for getting lost. If possible, drive by the interview site before the day of the interview so that you know exactly where you are going, but this is one of those things where if you are late for the interview, apologize profusely, do your best to explain why you were late, but be prepared for it to count very heavily against you.

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